“Let’s do Lunch!”
Visit this eclectic “bruncheonette” located in the City Market over the lunch hour and you will find suits noshing next to shoppers who are sitting by artists who all come for the fast, fresh food. Succotash’s Chef and owner, Beth Barden, prides herself on keeping her food and the pop art she decorates her space with as fun and funky as her customers. Get the unusual Chopped Cobb Salad for $8. The variety of fresh produce and presentation of this salad complete with a fried egg on top, will put the market right on your plate. Closed Monday. COME: Back for dinner on Wednesdays from 6 pm-9 pm and enjoy her all-inclusive meal deal for only $13.
1724 Main Street
Kansas City, MO 64111
With Souperman, Chef Rob Dalzell, owner of 1924 Main, embraces a hot trend in the restaurant biz of owning an upscale restaurant and a quick-casual one to expand your customer base. Souperman stays true to Rob’s mantra to “serve slow food – fast”. Open only during lunch, he serves delicious house-made soups, salads and sandittos (a combination of sandwich and burritos) perfect for dine-in or carry-out. Focus on the rich, filling, gourmet soups, like Curried Pumpkin Bisque, West African Peanut Chicken Soup and Black Bean Chorizo Chili all between $4 - $6. GO: Online to order Souperman for that business lunch tomorrow, for same day pick-up, orders must be in before 10:00 am.
You Say Tomato
2801 Holmes Street
Kansas City, MO 64109
I say, “Delicious!” Seek out this red brick grocery store/restaurant that is a popular lunch spot for corporate Hallmark employees. Randy Parks, Mark Wingard and Michael Pouncil are the three amigos behind this de’lish lunch spot. Try the Panini of the Week with your choice of side for $8. Featuring thick slices of perfectly toasted cornmeal-flavored yeast bread with rotating gourmet fillings such as goat cheese and roasted vegetables. The Quiche is heavenly, and if you like Egg Salad sandwiches, try one from here. The quality of their ingredients is really what makes the food shine. Closed Monday. PICK: Up and purchase staples such as local butter, fresh eggs or milk or choose from a selection of organic salads from their refrigerated cases.
On residential 59th Street, you will find the most terrifically authentic Asian Noodle Shop in town. Dennis Kaniger, opening Chef for City Tavern, owns this place and behind the counter serving up delicious bowls is James Landis, a former chef de cuisine at Le Fou Frog. The menu is simple - either you choose from a signature noodle bowl or you create your own from a list of ingredients. Get the #1, Udon wheat noodles with tender slices of chicken and pork, a soft-boiled egg, a fish cake and vegetables in a delicate broth for around $7 for a lunch portion. Order the Pickle Combo Plate and sample unusual Asian veggies, pickled to perfection. Closed Monday. SLURP: Up every last drop of the remaining broth in your bowl when your noodles are all gone. It is expected and encouraged, I know, I asked.
Spin Neapolitan Pizza
6541 W. 119th Street
Overland Park, KS 66209
Located behind the ginormous Cheesecake Factory on 119th Street, you’ll find Spin. With Chef Michael Smith (The American, 40 Sardines and now his own Michael Smith’s Restaurant) as a minority owner you are guaranteed to get authentic, rustic food with high quality ingredients. This is a pizza place for grown ups, yet families also feel perfectly at home in the sleek but inviting environment. At lunch, get the Pizza Mia, a mini pizza and side salad for about $8. With an open kitchen design, and an opportunity to end your meal with some creamy, dreamy gelato that comes in 10 different flavors you will put Spin on your regular rotation. BRING: Your favorite wine from home weekdays and pay only $1 for the corkage fee.